31 December 2021 | Salt Spring
Jane Poulston | Sunny with snow
We hope that this blog/newsletter finds everyone happy and healthy and ready for the New Year. 2022 I feel is going to be a cracker, full of love and laughter and our hope is that we will see some of you again soon.
This last year has been very kind to us, even with Covid always hovering in the background. We feel very grateful. We have learnt to adapt to the new normal and now live a slightly quieter life. We have no travel plans booked for the near future, even when we make plans locally we seem to have to cancel them. However, our hope is to be able to spend next Christmas with family in New Zealand and Australia; with a trip to England hopefully in the spring. The last time we were in England was five years ago for my Mum's funeral. We only had two days, as we had commitments in New Zealand where we were living at the time. It is the longest I have ever been away from the UK.
So what have we been up to? We have been enjoying our new home and finishing off the last of the "to do list"; which I am sure will never end. It keeps Russell busy and he has completed some amazing projects. One is our woodshed that will now keep us in wood for years to come, another is recently putting the pool table back together and refelting it. He had a wonderful guys get together to celebrate, where they spent three days continuously playing different games while drinking the occasional beer. I took Poppy to visit the kids in Vancouver and left them to it.
I continue to play a lot of tennis, a game I really enjoy. I have made a wonderful group of tennis friends and we have a lot of fun playing together. In the summer we also played golf until I got "trigger thumb" which stopped play for quite a few months. At last I got a cortisone injection and was back playing by the fall. Taking Poppy for daily hikes and walks with friends seems to fill up my days. I feel so blessed to have so many trails to enjoy and for Poppy to explore off leash. Yoga has been put to one side as I still do not feel comfortable going into a Yoga studio, although I am hoping to start again when things settle down. Omicron currently is really making itself felt here in BC.
Poppy our "spoilt rotten" puppy has also brought us much love and joy. She is now nearly 15 months old, apparently we can call her a puppy until she is two. She certainly still acts like a puppy. We have a puppy date with five of her friends each morning at 9am unless I am playing tennis; which she loves. Then a couple of walks most days. She gets along with everyone and thankfully has pretty good manners unless over excited, where she still has a tendency to jump up. Luckily she is not very big at only 23lbs, but gets away with it way too often.
Apart from the occasional trip to Vancouver or the island we have not been away much because of Covid. However we did manage to get away on Madrona our trawler for six weeks in July and August. We went all the way up to the Broughton Islands, north of Desolation Sound, an area we had not explored before. It was stunning, although a lot cooler than we had expected. The weather was kind to us and we did not get the fog and wind that can be a problem so far north. Because the borders were closed we seemed to have the place to ourselves and when there was another boat around we instantly became friends. It was fun to check out the extensive cruising area, and we enjoyed fishing, crabbing and prawning. Edwin and his girlfriend Jessica joined us for a while. Both proved to be excellent at fishing and quickly helped fill up our freezer.
We had a long summer; which started early and ended late. It was magic. Long warm sunny days with thankfully not as many forest fires. We were on high alert here on Salt Spring having a huge water shortage. Our home is on a communal well system and we have our own well for irrigation.
Thankfully everyone was being very careful.
Then winter came, overnight it seemed, and as I write this we have new snow outside. Yes we woke Christmas day to snow, so special, I love it. Amy, Edwin and his girlfriend Jessica were with us so a totally different Christmas to last year thank goodness. Amy's partner Luke was with his family in North Vancouver. Amy was here for a week and Edwin four days, so we had lots of time together. They are both doing really well. Edwin is still at Aquabus and Amy works remotely for a company in Vancouver; which means that she works here when she wants a change of pace.
I will add lots of pictures to our blog. Please just check out the gallery at the top of the blog, then pick 2021 and when you click on a picture it will give you more information.
I meant to write this before Christmas, but yet again it seems to have become a New Year blog. Hoping that everyone had a very festive Christmas and that the New Year brings you all great happiness and a more Covid free year.
Live, laugh, love and be happy
With much love
Jane and Russell